For the NBA trade rumor mill, Rajon Rondo has always been a staple.
Now, it seems like the chances for him to be traded are slim.
One of the problems with Rajon Rondo is that he has an expiring contract.
That is usually an asset but for an actual player of interest, that means he could walk away at the end of the season and the players and draft picks used to trade for him are gone.
Still there are teams that would take a chance at Rondo.
SI.com’s Chris Mannix recently assessed Rondo’s trade value with one team executive from the Eastern Conference: “I don’t know how high it is.
He is a free agent at the end of the year.
A team that trades for him will have half a season to convince him to stay.
He has to be in a city that he wants to be in.
If he didn’t get hurt last year his value would have been higher then.
A team would have had a year and a half and convince him to stay.
And I don’t know how many teams truly need a starting point guard.
Houston needs one.
But if you’re the Lakers, why would you give up anything for him now when you can try to sign him this summer?” That’s the quandary of Rajon Rondo-he will be a free agent so teams with cap space can acquire him next year without giving up assets.
The buzz is that the All-Star point guard is not really keen on the long rebuild so it would be relatively easy to pry him away from the Celtics.
However, Boston is still bullish that they can fast track the rebuild by acquiring a free agent themselves.
If they get someone like Marc Gasol, for instance, Rajon Rondo would probably stay in Boston.
That’s a big “If” though.